We are a community of mental health clinicians providing excellence in service. Our team of social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists focus on providing comprehensive services in our areas of expertise. As a team we are continually improving and updating our services through collaboration with university led research activities, sessional academic teaching, and practicum supervision.
Green Sustainability Plan
Bluestone Therapy is committed to corporate social and environmental responsibility for the wellbeing of future generations. As a team we engage in the following activities:
- Electronic record keeping on a secure Canadian web server
- Composting and recycling of relevant materials
- Reduction of paper products, including information handouts
Sarah LaRocque Ph.D|Clinical Director
As Clinical Director, Dr. Sarah LaRocque is responsible for the DBT Program, Student Practicums, Provisional Supervision, Group Training, and the establishment of the Saskatoon office. She is currently working out of both the Cochrane and Saskatoon offices.
Sarah takes a collaborative, respectful, and strength-based approach to her therapy. She follows evidence-based practice guidelines, actively participating in various university led research projects.
AREAS OF WORK: Sarah has worked with a wide range of mental health issues such as personality disorders, depression, anxiety and with persons with a complex presentation. She has extensive experience facilitating evidence- based groups, adhering to modalities such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure Therapy, DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), and the treatment of complex PTSD. She is experienced in facilitating long-term psychotherapy groups and is trained in group supervision.
SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR: Sarah is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, BSW, virtual learning, and MSW programs.
TRAINING: Sarah provides training in group psychotherapy and is a field instructor for master and Ph.D students.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Sarah is a researcher with the University of Calgary. She is currently working on the project Reconceptualizing the Role of Diversity in Group Work .
Contact Sarah: Tel: (306) 380-2164
Yuko Yoshinami, MA, R. Psych
Yuko is currently working in the Cochrane office and oversees the Trauma Program at this location.
Yuko is a Registered Psychologist (CAP Registration #3263) who takes a “whole person” approach, addressing issues from multiple perspectives including the mind, body and the brain (neuroscience).
AREAS OF WORK: Yuko has worked with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addiction, and has over 10 years of experience working with the persons with a complex presentation, primarily Borderline Personality Disorder as well as other personality disorders, various forms of dissociation, trauma, and eating disorders.
SPECIAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, complex/developmental trauma, and Dissociative Disorders.
Yuko is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) through Behavioral Tech, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and standard Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). She is also a certified yoga instructor and uses yoga (trauma sensitive yoga) to prepare her clients for trauma treatment, to ensure successful trauma processing.
Yuko and the team offer comprehensive and adherent DBT, which includes a 24-week skills group, individual sessions and phone coaching.
The team takes a phase-based treatment approach to the treatment of trauma, which is recommended in the guidelines presented by ISTSS (International Society of Trauma and Stress Studies) and offers various treatment modalities to address complexity of trauma.
Yuko is accepting new clients for trauma therapy. The wait time for assessment is approximately 4 weeks.
Contact Yuko: Tel: (403) 998-6191
Najwa Zahr, MSW, RSW
Najwa is currently working in the Cochrane office.
Najwa is a registered social worker specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. Najwa incorporates individual emotional, developmental, and environmental contexts into her approach.
Areas of work: Najwa has experience working with a wide range of mental health issues including child and youth ADHD, ODD, anxiety, substance use, depression/suicidal behaviours, trauma, attachment, and personality disorders. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Skills Training and facilitates an adolescent DBT group (ages 12-17).
SPECIAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Assessment and treatment of:
- Young children/adolescents (0-18)
- Attachment and separation anxiety
- Selective mutism
- Bullying and hostile anger expression
- Substance use
- Trauma in families
Certified facilitator with Circle of Security Parenting International
The Circle of Security intervention uses a group treatment modality to provide parent information and psychotherapy that is based on attachment theory. Circle of Security is a promising intervention for the reduction of disorganized and insecure attachment in high-risk toddlers, preschoolers, and adolescents.
Contact Najwa: Tel: (403) 615-1808.
Taylor Muller, M.C., CCC, R. Provisional Psych
Taylor is currently working at the Cochrane office. She is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She uses a humanistic approach in her counselling, focusing on creating a safe, collaborative environment for her clients to grow awareness throughout their journey.
Areas of Work: Taylor is currently training in the DBT program. She has experience as a general practitioner working with a diverse population of clients presenting with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, loss/grief, and relationship concerns.
Special Interest and Expertise: Assessment and counselling for individuals experiencing:
- Everyday life stressors, such as work and university,
- Difficulties with anxiety and depression,
- Relationship concerns, and
- A desire to build awareness and work on personal growth.
Contact Taylor: 587-229-8044
Carl H.D. Adrian, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Adrian works out of his office at Dara Health in Cochrane, Alberta and collaborates on a case-by-case basis with clients who are in active treatment with a Bluestone Therapist. His clinical specialties include psychotherapy and the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. He works closely with the therapists at Bluestone and participates in the DBT consultation meetings, co-facilitates a DBT skills training group, and co-facilitates a stage 2 process-oriented group.
Contact Dr. Adrian: darahealth.com
Individual Therapy | $200 Per Session
Group Therapy | $70 Per Session
Sliding Fee Scale Based on Annual Household Income
Less than $45,000/yr
50% discount ($100/hr)*